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No Amdal, no coal mining in Kalimantan: Ministry

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 26 2010   /  09:59 am

To prevent further environmental damage, the government has said it would revoke the licenses of mining firms operating in Kalimantan that do not have environmental impact analysis documents (Amdal). The State Environment Ministry said it would use its new authority, as stated in the 2009 Environmental Law, which gives the ministry the authority to revoke business permits.“We have sent a fact-finding team to South Kalimantan to check whether coal mining firms have secured Amdal,” the ministry’s deputy for spatial planning, Hermien Rosita, said Monday.“The team will also verify if mining firms have complied with the Amdal papers.”She said the office also planned to send another team to East Kalimantan to assess the coal mining companies operating in the area.The enforcement of Amdal will help protect ailing environmental conditions across Kalimantan, she said.“We have long bee...